Toward Queering the Map 2.0

A Conversation with Michael Brown, Larry Knopp, and Bo Zhao


  • Jack Swab University of Kentucky
  • Jack Jen Gieseking Five College Women’s Studies Research Center


Mapping, queer geography, LGBTQ, cartography, interactivity, maps 2.0, public history, critical GIS


Knopp and Brown’s “Queering the Map” (2008) article is widely read and taught in GIS and mapping courses, yet there remains a deficit of queer critical GIS work. In conversation with Brown and Knopp, as well as their current collaborator Bo Zhao, the edited conversation presents an intellectual history of the original 2008 “Queering the Map'' article, continues to question where mapping knowledge lies, and examines pre-existing tensions and emerging issues related to privacy, representation, and the political economy of geospatial technologies still central in the production of interactive queer maps today. Given the increasing visibility of queerness and the pervasiveness of geographic technologies in everyday life, this conversation envisions what queer cartography might look like in the future by placing queer geographies and critical cartographies in conversation with each other. Since 2008, the combination of technological innovation and the increased impact of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer (LGBTQ) movement have led to the development of several digital projects to document queer spaces, both historical and contemporary. This conversation also builds off and reflects on a public roundtable held with the cartographers of interactive queer historical maps in Spring 2021 with the ONE Archives entitled “Mapping Queer History 2.0.” Throughout, we discuss the politics of mapping queer history and envision what critical GIS might look like in the future by centering queer cartography.

Author Biography

Jack Swab, University of Kentucky




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How to Cite

Swab, J., & Gieseking, J. J. (2022). Toward Queering the Map 2.0: A Conversation with Michael Brown, Larry Knopp, and Bo Zhao. ACME: An International Journal for Critical Geographies, 21(4), 416–435. Retrieved from



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